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visit the North Pole for the weekend?

Arctic Experience (01737 218800) offers the ultimate weekend away, departing 17 May from Heathrow. You fly first to the Canadian capital, Ottawa (farther south than London), then transfer to a specially chartered Boeing 727. It refuels on Baffin Island and at Resolute Bay, before circling around the Pole. The cost is pounds 1,435.

follow the Inigo Jones trail?

Join a day's study tour around London organised by Inscape (01993 891726). Meet at St Paul's Church in Covent Garden at 11am on 20 February, pay pounds 37 (which includes afternoon tea) and spend the day admiring the work of Britain's first classical architect.

ride on the airline bus into town for free?

Book a seat-only deal with Airtours Flights (01706 260000) before 29 February, and the company will throw in a free bus transfer on selected routes.

save admission fees by using a bike?

Cycle to the Centre for Alternative Technology, north of Machynlleth, Powys (01654 702400), and you get in for half price. If you do not own a bicycle, you can rent one in town from Greenstiles - and save 50 per cent if you promise to ride it to the centre.

get a private view of the Sistine Chapel?

Sign up for the four-day trip to Rome in November with Martin Randall Travel (0181-742 3355), costing pounds 695 all-in. The company has arranged for around 40 clients to spend a couple of hours enjoying Michelangelo's masterpiece in comparative serenity.

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